Do loud pipes save lives?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by DAKEZ, Apr 29, 2011.

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Do Loud pipes save lives?

  1. Yes

  2. No

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  1. kbuckey

    kbuckey Long timer

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    Well, my own worst loud pipes experience was in rush hour on the way home. I'm in the far left lane, person with cell phone in ear in center lane to my right. Dufus with loud pipes decides to gun it up the right hand lane. Scares the shit out of the cell phone cager (who was having enough trouble driving with one hand anyway) and she swerves into my lane far enough I have to move to the shoulder to keep out of her way...
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  2. Zerk

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    I think they do. Sure doesn't hurt. I have had bikes in my blindspot, that I had to turn around to see. I realize modern cars, do block alot of sound.

    I have had deer and turkey run the other way too.


    I do think there is a issue with if you have the right. I think bikers need to moderate them selves a bit, lay off the throttle and keep the RPMs down at times.

    But I also think we got lots of whiners out there. Loud cars have been around since the beginning.

    I think riders need to show some restraint, but I also think if you don't like noise you shouldn't live on a busy street.
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  3. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    IMO it is not obvious at all.
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  4. LittleRedToyota

    LittleRedToyota Yinzer

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    i would say they make many people want to kill you.

    one day, someone might actually act upon that desire.

    thus, it is quite possible that loud pipes might do quite the opposite of saving your life.

    :D
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  5. bigphish

    bigphish Curiously Satisfying

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    I was in a Harley dealership last year eyeing a model and I ask the salesperson how loud it was in the stock factory mode, to which he replied, " Oh not really loud at all, that will be the first mod you will want to do is the pipes " to which I replied, why would I want to do that? to which the salesman says " you don't want to ride a wimpy sounding bike, do you? "
    The indoctination starts at that level.
    Not that there is anyting wrong with owning a Harley product:D
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  6. Zerk

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    We were putting headers and glasspacks on cars for a long time. Maybe EPA laws have made people forget that.
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  7. Zerk

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    As for the question, if you think being seen is good, why is not being heard good? You can argue the effectiveness, which just means we need louder bikes.:lol3
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  8. CRW

    CRW I dont want a pickle

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    Just curious what is loud? 104 decb? In the end who cares, Engine braking on a big rig is load too. My bikes have bark don't know if they are loud or not? I am flat handed here and dont really care if peoples bike are loud or not on the street! Gotta keep it quiet in the woods though!!!!!!
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  9. Tosh Togo

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    What does A Bitch Seat have to do with the dBs?.

    (Unless she's screaming) :evil
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  10. jesse v

    jesse v Motorcyclist

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    No... The difference between loud pipes and stock pipes is a VERY short distance.
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  11. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Exactly why it's illegal in populated areas.

    Just wait until it's illegal for you to ride your motorcycle through a certain part of town or up a nice mountain road because enough pissed of citizens voted to have the road closed to motorcycle traffic due to all the loud pipe assholes.

    For the record I don't mind a bike that has a noticeable exhaust. Even if it's an HD.

    What I dislike is loud for the sake of loud. It just sounds like crap and pisses everyone off.
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  12. blk-betty

    blk-betty bam-a-lam

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    Yep and that explains why many sport bikes, dirt bikes, dual-sports and standards have aftermarket cans of which 98% are louder than the supplied oem cans.
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  13. Old Blue

    Old Blue Shallow waterman

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    If you pressed in the horn button and held it for the entire duration of your ride, horn blaring, would you be safer?

    Maybe, but you would be a knucklehead, just like the loud pipe guys.

    An attention-getting blast of noise can certainly be effective in certain situations, but constant, unnecessary noise just makes you an asshat.
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  14. Zerk

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    You need to read the question and answer it in a logical manner.
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  15. blk-betty

    blk-betty bam-a-lam

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    Do loud pipes make a bike more noticable?

    I'd guess most all here would say yes, otherwise loud pipes would be a moot (or maybe mute) issue.

    So the question becomes, is a bike that is more noticable to the motoring public inherently safer assuming the rider operates in accord with existing traffic and laws?
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  16. dacrazyrn

    dacrazyrn ED RN Adventurer

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    Damn!! Was just gonna bring that up.
    I'll just tape down my horn button, or even better...how about a HORN MODULATOR!!! Modulates with throttle input!! :D
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  17. Zerk

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    Someone that can read and reason.:eek1
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  18. Zerk

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    All the Japs bikes I have had, have candy ass horns.
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  19. blk-betty

    blk-betty bam-a-lam

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    Hey now, lets not single out just the asians.

    My british Tiger 1050's horn is a joke.
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  20. DAKEZ

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    6816 Yes

    392 NO


    :norton

    They really do believe this crap. :lol3
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